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February 13, 2019

NASA goes asteroid hunting

You know how there's a seemingly endless stream of movies about Earth being threatened by an asteroid impact?

NASA's decided to take the first step toward saving life on our planet in the event such a collision appears possible.

Watch and marvel.

From Thrillist:

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As for when this is all going to happen, NASA plans to launch its probe between 2020 and 2021, and expects it to smack into Didymoon in October 2022.

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After that, an ESA craft known as Hera will launch toward Didymos and Didymoon and investigate the crater created by DART a few years later to determine its "momentum transfer" and precisely how effective the deflection method worked.

February 13, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bronze horse and jockey

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Found in the sea in a shipwreck off Cape Artemision, Greece, in 1928.

Approximately life-size: 9.5 feet long x 6.9 feet high.

The rider is thought to be a boy, possibly Ethiopian.

Late Hellenistic period, 150-125 BCE.

National Archaeological Museum, Athens, Greece.

February 13, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

What is the sound of One Hand Potato Chips?

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Curious minds want to know.

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Drinkable potato chips: keeping your phone grease-free

Among the concerns facing today's social media maven: how can one scroll through Instagram and enjoy a bag of potato chips without getting their phone all greasy?

It's a dilemma Steve Jobs was never able to solve, but that hasn’t stopped today's innovators.A Japanese snack company is offering chips that require only a single hand to consume — and you don't have to touch the chips at all.

The Tokyo company Koike-ya is behind One Hand Chips, which come pre-smashed so that you can essentially drink them, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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[Above, a One Hand Chip bag with spout opening]

Now you can swipe with clean hands, and while the calories pile up, you don't have to waste valuable energy chewing.

As one enthusiast tells the paper: "I can just take it and chug it."

Koike-ya is aware of the significance of its accomplishment, calling One Hand Chips "a new snack style humankind has been waiting for," the Journal reports.

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February 13, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"Operation Red Sea"

Superb new Chinese action film, based on a true story.

Think "Black Hawk Down" —  but better.

Highest recommendation.

February 13, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

What is it?

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Hint: smaller than a breadbox.

Another: no moving parts.

A third: fully functional in microgravity.

February 13, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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